Summer Blowout

Summer Blowout

by Claire Cook
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Overview

Summer Blowout by Claire Cook

A good makeup artist never panics. Bella Shaughnessy knows this. She's the resident makeup maven in a family of Boston Irish hair salon owners; she has an artful solution to almost every problem. But Bella feels bruised beyond the reach of even the best concealer when her half-sister runs off with her husband. What could she come up with to cover a hurt like that? Plenty, it turns out. She conceives an invigorating new business idea, and soon meets a cute entrepreneur who can help out. Despite their bickering, they can't seem to stay away from success—or from each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401340957
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Claire Cook is the bestselling author of the novels Life's a Beach, Must Love Dogs, Ready to Fall, and Multiple Choice. A teacher of physical fitness and creative writing, she has had previous stints as a copywriter, radio continuity director, garden designer, and dance and aerobics choreographer. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts—often called the Irish Riviera—with her husband and two children. Visit her website at: www.clairecook.com

Hometown:

Scituate, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

February 14, 1955

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia

Education:

B.A., Film and Creative Writing, Syracuse University

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Summer Blowout 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looked and sounded like a lot of fun.... but it wasn't. It was boring. I couldn't make it beyond page 70.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a journalist on Cape Cod who received an advance copy of Claire Cook's most recent book, 'Summer Blowout' last winter. I've interviewed Claire several times, and have read all five of her books. I find Claire to be a complete delight, and I think that 'Summer Blowout' is her best book yet - and this from someone who has long held on to 'Must Love Dogs' as my absolute favorite Claire Cook book. 'Summer Blowout' will be the must-read book this summer. I would encourage readers to grab a copy of this book, a tube of their favorite lipstick, and prepare to be delighted and transported to the delightful world of the Shaughnessy's - the most entertaining faux-Italian/Irish clan you'll ever meet. Candace Hammond
PinkStar More than 1 year ago
A great summer read, light hearted and enjoyable
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Normally I know what book I want before I go to buy a book so I don't waste my money. This was an impulse buy that I thought would be fun to bring on the beach to read. Big mistake. It was totally different and boring. Some parts were confusing but that may be because of my lack of attention to it. I could not even finish it.
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This was sure a fun book to read, and I liked that even though this family had their ups and downs, but they stayed together. Specially, when the sister's have different of opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Claire Cook once again ventures into the genre of the ¿living is easy¿ summer beach read with her latest book, Summer Blowout. Bella Shaughnessy¿s fascination with makeup, particularly lipsticks with names such as Kiss My Lips or Catfight, is the daughter of loving but divorced Irish parents. Her father, Lucky, was married three times, but still holds a place in his heart for Bella¿s mother. He has a mania for all things Italian ever since their honeymoon in Tuscany. His sociable persona and outlandish mannerisms are part of his charm, and what endears Lucky to the family and clientele alike. Set in the Marshbury area around Boston, the Salon de Lucio is the main salon that is next to the family home. The other salons, including Salon de Paolo, have apartments above them, and Bella Shaughnessey lives in the one above de Paolo. Bella¿s life revolves around the family business of beauty salons where she works as a talented makeup artist and hair stylist. The Shaughnessy family mans the small family chain of beauty salons with Bella¿s four half-brothers and ¿sisters and in-laws, both current and past. While sounding like a happy, loving family, we quickly realize the conflicts that exist are what make this story percolate. Central is Bella¿s marriage that dissolves when her husband runs off with her half-sister. Bella is rightfully bitter and cautious and swears off relationships until she encounters a young, captivating entrepreneur, Sean Ryan. With a business idea, he introduces a way for Bella to use her talents to her advantage and on her own with no family connection. On her own, Bella thinks she can be happy with no man or attachments. However, enter purely by accident, one small fuzz ball of a pup that Bella falls for and finds it is a love that is worth taking a chance on. This is where Cannoli enters to steal Bella¿s heart and often times, the story! Bella and Cannoli become inseparable much to the chagrin of many of the family members. But Bella finds it easy to confide in Cannoli and trust her heart to this tiny dog. As Bella¿s new business venture grows, so does Bella¿s interest in this charming businessman, Sean. However, with Cannoli in her life, Bella is content and doesn¿t want any more entanglements or relationships. Fighting to not let desire take over, Bella keeps her distance in this business relationship with Sean Ryan until things come to a point on a crazy family wedding weekend in Atlanta that will change Bella¿s life forever. Readers, who enjoyed the shoes in Beth Harbison¿s Shoe Addicts Anonymous, or designer clothes in Lauren Weisberger¿s The Devil Wears Prada, will become quickly caught up in Summer Blowout. Cook¿s story revolves around the world of makeup artists and hair stylists. Fans of her other books, including Life¿s A Beach and Must Love Dogs, will find Claire Cook continues to entertain with this latest romantic riotous romp! Fans won¿t be disappointed if they are looking for a carefree amusing summer read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are certain books that impact you, often in subtle ways. Summer Blowout's effect on me was more tangible - after I finished I wore lipstick for the first time in years. And started using moisturizer twice a day! This book was a lot of fun. Claire Cook writes entertaining stories that move along. They never bog down, and keep you laughing along the way.